animosity

noun
an·​i·​mos·​i·​ty | \ ˌa-nə-ˈmä-sə-tē How to pronounce animosity (audio) \
plural animosities

Definition of animosity

: a strong feeling of dislike or hatred : ill will or resentment tending toward active hostility : an antagonistic attitude

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enmity, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, animosity, rancor, animus mean deep-seated dislike or ill will. enmity suggests positive hatred which may be open or concealed. an unspoken enmity hostility suggests an enmity showing itself in attacks or aggression. hostility between the two nations antipathy and antagonism imply a natural or logical basis for one's hatred or dislike, antipathy suggesting repugnance, a desire to avoid or reject, and antagonism suggesting a clash of temperaments leading readily to hostility. a natural antipathy for self-seekers antagonism between the brothers animosity suggests intense ill will and vindictiveness that threaten to kindle hostility. animosity that led to revenge rancor is especially applied to bitter brooding over a wrong. rancor filled every line of his letters animus adds to animosity the implication of strong prejudice. objections devoid of personal animus

Where does the word animosity come from?

The important Latin word animus (very closely related to anima) could mean a great many things having to do with the soul and the emotions, one of them being "anger". As an English word, animus has generally meant "ill will", so it isn't mysterious that animosity means basically the same thing. Animosity can exist between two people, two groups or organizations, or two countries, and can sometimes lie hidden for years before reappearing. The deep animosities that exist between certain ethnic and religious groups sometimes seem as if they will last forever.

Examples of animosity in a Sentence

Few rivalries can match that of the Cards and Cubs in terms of history, color and animosity. Things are tense in an off year, but in 2003 the teams are at the top of the National League Central division (along with the Houston Astros), separated by a half-game. — John Grisham, New York Times Book Review, 1 May 2005 As I get older, I have noticed the troubles many of my friends have with their fathers: the animosities and disappointments, held so long in the arrears of late adolescence, suddenly coming up due on both ends. But my father and I, if anything, have gotten closer, even as I understand him less and less. — Tom Bissell, Harper's, December 2004 What I did not anticipate, however, was the depth of animosity that had been simmering among the teachers beneath the pleasantries that characterized our public, formal encounters. I discovered that my enthusiastic advocacy for whole language was received by traditional teachers as demeaning, insulting attacks. — Elaine Garan, Language Arts, September 1998 We put aside our personal animosities so that we could work together. his open animosity towards us made our meeting very uncomfortable
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In Robyn Crawford Though there was animosity within the Houston family. Janine Rubenstein, PEOPLE.com, "Whitney Houston's Friends and Family Reveal Truth About Her Romance with Robyn Crawford," 12 July 2018 Once there’s a bunch of guys, if there really is some animosity between clubs, there’s no way the umpires can stop it. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Want to keep benches from clearing? Change rule, Jim Riggleman and Joey Votto say," 29 June 2018 Lavena Colley, 70, of McFarlan Villages said while the competition is spirited, there's no animosity. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Why 300 Detroit area senior citizens are duking it out in Novi," 22 June 2018 His reason, which was the same as last year, was animosity toward the media. Emily Heil, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump won’t attend White House correspondents’ dinner, again," 7 Apr. 2018 There was no animosity from other teams, not East Germany nor anyone else, and the heroic applause afforded to the team following the crash was far less exuberant in real life. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "'Cool Runnings' still resonates at Winter Olympics 25 years later," 15 Feb. 2018 The home fans put any animosity between themselves and the era defining manager behind them. SI.com, "WATCH: Arsenal Routs Burnley, Sees Off Arsene Wenger's Last Home Game in Style," 6 May 2018 The caustic exchange served to confirm the animosity that existed through the 13 months Mr. Tillerson served alongside Mr. Trump, though both frequently denied it. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Tillerson Says President Was Undisciplined; Trump Calls Him ‘Dumb as a Rock’," 7 Dec. 2018 The president’s relationship with Sessions and Rosenstein has famously been largely one of animosity and disdain. Murray Waas, Vox, "Exclusive: Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was counseling the White House on investigating Clinton," 9 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'animosity.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of animosity

1568, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for animosity

Middle English animosite, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French animosité, from Late Latin animositat-, animositas, from Latin animosus spirited, from animus — see animus

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animosity

noun
an·​i·​mos·​i·​ty | \ ˌa-nə-ˈmä-sə-tē How to pronounce animosity (audio) \
plural animosities

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